We tuned the difficulty in the latest patch just a moment. Sorry for your bad experience :(
And it is implicit that larger ground will atrract more sharks.
Thank you! After the most recent patch I no longer have any trouble getting up to a stable living state!
One thing that's a little bit concerning is that now Seagulls are littering my landscape. Maybe a "dump it into the ocean" option might be nice for excess feathers as I don't exactly need 30 hammocks.
Yeah, we did consider to provide survivors a option to dump any pile into the ocean (sometimes, if they both carries a pile, meanwhile, there is no empty land to put piles on, they just get stuck). But for some reasons, it will be added the next update. :D